This is probably one of my favorite books. Definitely my favorite C.S. Lewis book! There are so many layers to this story, so many things to take away from it. For example, how many times in the name of love have you tried to control or manipulate others? Just how unconditional or conditional is your love for others? And then on the spiritual end, if one has ever had a profound spiritual experience they will know how hard it is to have others understand or worse, they try to drag you back down to their ignorance.
If I don't make much sense then let me off you this: this book will make you reflect and think about your own motivations in relating to people and personal evolution. I found this book to be especially good for mother/daughter relationships at a base level. If one is on a spiritual path, then they will recognize the messages available to them. I found it applicable even if the reader isn't into Christianity.
A final word, the story begins a bit slow, starts to move along but by the end really gets going. So if you come to a point where you think you might put it down, please do yourself the favor to continue on.
For some people, the writing is going to come across as dry because of the style. Despite that "dryness", the writing is extremely detailed.
This is a retelling of the story of Psyche and Cupid, through the eyes of Psyche's older, less attractive sister. I enjoyed the narrative throughout the entire book.
The whole book is great food for thought. Sometimes our memories aren't as clear as we think they are. Some things are not always what they seem. And love is a very jealous thing.
It's a little dated, but still a fine retelling of the Psyche/Cupid myth by the famous C.S. Lewis.
The characters in Till We Have Faces are wonderful. I really enjoyed the relationship between The Fox and the kings daughters (Orual, and Psyche). They would come to be the good days and the time spent studying together would be warmly remembered by Orual later. I also enjoyed the development of other characters as time passed in the Kindom of Glome, the clarity and depth of the characters was a more enjoyable aspect of this story.
Another powerful aspect of the book was the gritty and heart breaking nature of The King and his relationship to his daughters. The King is verbally and physically abusive to Orual and it is gut wrenching to imagine.
Another thing that breaks your heart is Oruals evaluation of her self-worth. She talks about how she knows she is ugly and how her ugliness defines who she is. She devalues all of her talents and maximizes all of her faults.
Unfortunately there is not a lot happening besides the characters maturing through the course of time. Not a lot of action takes place and I thought that the most interesting story plot got dropped with little exploration.
I also expected a strong Christian theme, since this is the work of C.S. Lewis, but only got traces of it.
P.S. - Since I did listen to this audiobook recording I will add that I loved the reader's voice. Good performance.
Extremely deep... the story is filled with many allegories, some not so easy to detect. The facets of love are unraveled but not as clearly as one would expect.
"This timeless tale of two princesses -- one beautiful and one unattractive -- and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is C.S. Lewis's reworking of the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche." Lewis is the brilliant author of the Narnia books. Remember how wonderful they were? This is that same amazing storytelling voice, but this time, for adults.
This is a classic tale of two princesses -- one beautiful and one unattractive-- and of the struggle between sacred and profane love. This is C. S. Lewis's reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
the New York Herald Tribune --"The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has yet produced."